The Case Against Fast Fashion
"The things that I’ve learned about fast fashion have opened my eyes and caused me to make changes in my life. It’s also significantly influenced the way I choose to run Anuket Luxury Apothecary."
Societally, there are a significant amount of human rights concerns. The garment workers that create fast fashion are not paid a liveable wage. This is not just an overseas problem, this is a right in our backyard problem. According to several sources, US garment workers in Los Angeles are paid an average of $6 per hour. This is HALF of the current minimum wage in California. The conditions have been described as similar to a sweatshop environment and are even worse in factories overseas.
This US Labor Report found evidence of forced child labor happening in multiple countries overseas. Earlier this year companies like Walmart, Fashion Nova, Gap, Forever 21, Ross, Primark, and more were called out for their part in withholding $3 billion dollars in wages, and the cost of materials and production, from over 4.1 million garment workers and garment factories in Bangladesh. That’s right, they didn’t pay them at all for clothes that had been made and shipped overseas where they’d sell for a profit at an obscene markup. This pushed these workers into extreme poverty in the middle of a global pandemic.
Back at home, Fashion Nova has been recently called out for only paying workers between $250-400 a week for working DAILY 10-11 hour shifts. Additionally, there have been worldwide complaints of no COVID-19 safety protocols being in place to protect these already exploited workers.
Photo taken at Sip & Dry in St. Petersburg, FL
Photo by Ashley Taylor Photography Tampa Bay
I hope this information has provided you with not only education, but practical solutions as well. I know fast fashion feels like a monster that is impossible to take on alone and you’re right. But you’re not alone! There are so many of us making better choices and choosing to educate our families and loved ones. In my commitment as a business owner to make good choices and participate in ethical practices, it’s important that I shared this information with you too.
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